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Boko Haram is suspected in the abduction of eight girls from a small village in Northern Nigeria’s Borno State.

According to eyewitness accounts, a large number of suspected armed Boko Haram militants entered Warabe village in Gwoza, Borno State, Monday night. After firing their weapons into the air to announce their presence, the armed men reportedly proceeded to loot villagers’ cattle and other property, kidnap eight girls between the ages of 12 and 15, and allegedly killed five villagers who attempted to stop them. The abducted girls and stolen goods were then loaded into the backs of military-grade trucks which, according to eyewitnesses, were camouflaged in imitation of the Nigerian army.

The attack occurred just hours following the release of a video featuring Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, claiming the group’s responsibility for the mass-kidnapping of 243 schoolgirls, as reported by the parents of those abducted. In the video, Shekau also declared his intention to sell the girls into domestic and sexual servitude, saying, “There is a market for selling humans. Allah says I should sell. He commands me to sell. I will sell women,” according to a CNN translation.

Source: International Christian Concern

Prayer Points

  • Pray these girls will be rescued and reunited with their families. Pray the Lord will protect them and strengthen them during this time of torment.
  • Ask the Lord to frustrate the plans of those who are responsible, put a stop to their evil schemes and bring them to justice.
  • Pray the Lord will dismantle Boko Haram entirely and put an end to the violence.